Location: Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Dorset

Size: 10,000


Bestival is Camp Bestival’s older and much bigger brother. It’s big and it’s loud but if you want a large amount of quality entertainment it’s still one of the best festivals in the UK. Add to that its location on the Isle of Wight in a beautiful country park complete with rides and nature walks, and you have a great family holiday, especially if your children are slightly older.

The main problem with Bestival is its timing – unless your school goes back late you might have to take a few days out of the beginning of term which won’t suit most families.  However many schools return in the second week of September so it’s worth checking this.


There’s a kids’ field with bouncy castles, puppet shows and circus workshops. There’s also a variety of fun areas with the usual festival silliness that the family will enjoy.


There’s no dedicated family campsite but they do have a quiet campsite (the Blue camping area). There are also a large number of boutique camping options.

It is also possible to stay in a hotel or B&B – the festival provides a shuttle bus service to and from the festival.  This is an option that’s not available for many festivals and would make it possible to combine the festival with a few days’ holiday on the Isle of Wight.

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